PHASE ONE - NICOLE BEDNARSKI

WEEK FOUR: TRANSCRIPT

Hello to all my climate change believers! Today I will be addressing the issue of the rapid decline of the earth’s climate and how the 45th president of the United States of America does not believe in this issue. The exact article I will be responding to is, “Donald Trump Buried a Climate Change Report Because ‘I don’t believe it’” written by CNN editor Chris Cillizza. Mr. Trump is burying and hiding climate change reports from the people of America by releasing them on holidays when no one really cares to be reading or listening to much news… How is this fair to the people who are concerned for our environment and our future?

We all know that knowledge is power. The more we know on an issue, the easier it will be to tackle it head on and find a solution. Now, the wonderful president of the USA loves using twitter to get his opinions across to the world. As stated in another article by CNN “Donald Trump doesn't think much of climate change, in 20 quotes”, once again written by editor Chris Cillizza, throughout the years he has tweeted so many amazing tweets. Lets start from 2012, "The concept of global warming was created by and for the Chinese in order to make U.S. manufacturing non-competitive." In 2014, "It's late in July and it is really cold outside in New York. Where the hell is GLOBAL WARMING??? We need some fast! It's now CLIMATE CHANGE". My all-time favourite is this one from 2015, "I'm not a believer in man-made global warming. It could be warming, and it's going to start to cool at some point. And you know, in the early, in the 1920s, people talked about global cooling...They thought the Earth was cooling. Now, it's global warming...But the problem we have, and if you look at our energy costs, and all of the things that we're doing to solve a problem that I don't think in any major fashion exists."

All these simple tweets are proving to people that Mr. Trump does not care about our environment and our futures. Realistically, it is the millennials and their children who will begin to feel the effects of our earth’s decline. The immature and childish execution of these opinions show the lack of professionalism from the president and a face of ignorance. 

In the end, it is true that some people do not believe in climate change however, there is great evidence that that fact is not true. Climate change is very real and something we must focus our energy and resources on to save our planet. Humanity is killing off species and causing ice bergs to melt faster then ever. It is our job as inhibitors of this earth to protect it and return as many resources as we can. Let’s stop climate change and save our planet despite the president’s personal opinion. 

Works Cited:

Dubtronic. (2013, August 12). CP24 Live and Noon and New Breaking News Open. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2SW8yqRIUK4

WEEK THREE:

This week I’m going to talk about the opinion piece I have chosen to analyze and centre my podcast on. It is titled, “Donald Trump Buried a Climate Change Report Because ‘I don’t believe it’” and was written by a CNN editor, Chris Cillizza. This article talks about Donald Trump’s standing on the idea of climate change. As stated ever so clearly in the title of the article, the 45th President of the United States believes that it does not exist which creates an issue for the public. Climate change is, in fact, a very real issue with billions of dollars worth of research supporting this fact. The ignorance and failure to acknowledge this issue can cause the demise of the planet we call home. 

The article states how Donald Trump buried the climate report and released it on Black Friday, when he knew no one would care to read it. The report had bad news written all over it and the president did not want the people reading about something he doesn’t even believe is real. 

I know that this article is an opinion piece because it talks about the ideology of one man,  in this case Mr. Trump’s. It also brings the bias of the author into the piece as well. The author’s tone is solely against the idea of climate change being fake. The mood of the piece also shows a hint of fear that the world may truly be coming to an end if something is not done to fix the rapid decline of the earth’s climate. 

What makes this piece topical is the current effects humanity is suffering from the changes in climate and it is a topic everyone wants to be informed on. This will create a larger audience who will want to listen to my podcast. On top of my issue at hand, people also love reading about Trump’s ignorance and wish to see how he will handle the climate change argument with the remainder of his presidency.

-Nicole Bednarski

WEEK TWO:

In this week’s entry, I’m going to be talking about the nature of an opinion. What makes an opinion right? Who decides whose opinions are the most valuable? How do some opinions become facts? All these questions can be posed upon any opinion and can change the validity of using an opinion as proper evidence towards certain topics.

Opinions are an extremely slippery slope to base any evidence on. Opinions usually come from personal experiences, which can vary from person to person. So now the ultimate question is, whose personal experiences are the “right” ones. Usually, the more “credible” opinions are those of professors, critics and some sort of scientists however, they are only human too. Humans are able to make mistakes therefore, I believe that taking one persons opinion based on experience MUST have plausible evidence behind it in order to consider it credible and the “right” opinion.

Opinions can only become facts with research backing them up. A person cannot just experience something and then believe that it is the truth of the matter. There are multiple sides to one experience or story, a minimum of two, so an opinion of an experience alone cannot be a “right” opinion. Some people or celebrities may be more well known throughout the globe, however that alone does make them more credible. Popularity does not make one person’s opinion any more valuable than someone of the middle or lower class.

-Nicole Bednarski

WEEK ONE:

My name is Nicole Bednarski and I’m a first year at York University. Some of my interests include: singing, writing, playing piano and spending time with friends and family. I have been playing piano since the age of five and started singing the following year. I feel pretty confident going into this course as I enjoy using and am familiar with recording softwares and recording different types of scripts. I am a little uneasy about the actual research and the fact that we will not be able to change our minds after we choose a topic; however I am sure the final end result will prove worth all the steps we need to complete.

A research tactic that I find helpful that university students use is the York U online database. There are many scholarly sources that are academic pieces of writing and vital information to use. These are approved essays and hold viable information for student use. This database is helpful for students because it is paid information by the university, therefore not costing us a dime like most scholarly websites are.

I believe a research tactic that university students use that may be limiting is only using online sources. There is an entire library with scholarly sources that students are able to use for their research however, as students do not know how to utilize this resource, they are limited to only using google or other search engines. These do not always provide scholarly sources and may hinder the assignment’s validity.

-Nicole Bednarski